Flanked by top leaders from the Latino community, Delano Mayor Grace Vallejo emphasized the importance of unity among supporters before formally announcing she would challenge David Couch for Kern County’s newly drawn District Four supervisor area.
Republican state Sen. Andy Vidak has held the Latino-heavy Democratic 14th District since he won it in a special election in 2013.
It’s rare when somebody challenges a sitting judge for re-election, but Deputy District Attorney Cole McKnight — a prosecutor with a track record of putting away violent gang members — said it’s imperative to ensure Kern County has a shot at electing a judge with his background in gang crimes.
Ralph Anthony, a retired pastor and former school board member who led a scrappy, shoestring campaign and was outspent by his opponents by thousands was the apparent winner of the Bakersfield City School District’s Area Three trustee race Tuesday night.
For the second election cycle in a row, Assemblyman Vince Fong, R-Bakersfield, will face an inexperienced Democratic candidate with no political background in a GOP stronghold.
If off-year elections are eminently ignorable, what are off-year election primaries? An excuse to get out of the office for an hour, right?
The Kern County Board of Supervisors could walk out of a closed session meeting Wednesday with a newly drawn map that will give greater representation to Latino communities and reshape the region’s political landscape — even if it has to be forced upon them.
California’s Central Valley could pick the state’s next governor, political columnist Dan Walters told a group of Bakersfield business leaders Thursday, laying out some election year predictions.
WASHINGTON — Republicans pushed a nearly $1.5 trillion tax bill through the Senate early Saturday after a burst of eleventh-hour horse trading, as a party starved all year for a major legislative triumph took a giant step toward giving President Donald Trump one of his top priorities by Christmas.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, traveled with President Donald Trump on Air Force One Wednesday to Las Vegas to meet with victims of Sunday night's mass shooting, including ones from Kern County, as well as law enforcement and first-responders.
Congressman David Valadao, R-Hanford, is one of seven California Republicans being targeted by state and federal Democratic groups with grassroots organizing and media buys.
Election Day on Tuesday was stuffed with shenanigans as supporters of Ward 5 candidates Ryan Nance and Bruce Freeman squabbled over signs, stalking and scripts.
A bill by Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield, to direct more resources to fighting valley fever, passed the Assembly Committee on Health Tuesday, his office said Wednesday.
Larry Koman, a Bakersfield businessman who had planned to run for the open Ward 5 seat on the Bakersfield City Council, announced Wednesday he would end his campaign.
Congressman David Valadao announced Tuesday he's co-sponsoring legislation that would protect undocumented people who were brought to the United States as children if the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is discontinued under the new presidential administration.
Ryan Nance, late Sunday, announced his intention to run on June 6 for the Ward 5 council seat left open by the death of Councilman Jeff Tkac earlier this month.
When volunteers fanned out across Bakersfield’s Ward 5 in recent weeks asking residents to support a special election to fill the seat left vacant by the tragic death of Bakersfield City Councilman Jeff Tkac, they noticed something interesting.
Former Bakersfield Assemblywoman Shannon Grove is officially kicking off her state Senate campaign with an event at the Kern County Fairgrounds Thursday night.
Jeff Tkac’s seat on the Bakersfield City Council should be filled in a special election, a majority of his fellow council members said this week.
Politics in 2016 was a wild affair in Kern County, filled with upsets, nasty television advertisements, vicious Facebook posts and tense waits as final ballot counts came in.
Kern County elections officials released the results from 17,447 freshly counted ballots Monday afternoon, solidifying the results of some races but leaving others up in the air.
Paulette Wyant doesn't own a dart gun and doesn't plan to buy one. The Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton bobblehead dolls she won in The Californian's Pick the Winners contest this month will share a shelf of honor in her home, despite the fact her candidate lost.
The dust is still settling and Californians are trying to figure out how this sometimes crazy 2016 election will affect them. This is especially true regarding the passage of Proposition 64, which legalizes the recreational use of marijuana.
Despite President-elect Donald Trump’s promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act, state officials and advocates say your health plan is safe for now.
As a state bluer than Lake Tahoe in sunlight, California has adopted a slew of progressive policies that drive Donald Trump nuts. They combat climate change, protect undocumented immigrants, evangelize for Obamacare and more.
Two days after the 2016 presidential election, Bakersfield residents still have mixed opinions about the new president-elect. On Thursday, The Californian headed to a busy shopping center to talk to readers about their opinions and what they are hoping for in the future.
Four-term Bakersfield City Councilman Harold Hanson, who initially said he wouldn’t seek a fifth term, but later changed his mind, may now be wondering whether he should have stuck with his original plan.
In a repeat of the June primary, nonprofit CEO Karen Goh widened her lead over former homebuilder Kyle Carter in the race for Bakersfield mayor on Wednesday.
Despite sagging polls and predictions ballot fatigue would doom school bonds, those measures overwhelmingly passed Tuesday, shattering local records as almost $1.4 billion in construction funding was approved countywide.
Andrae Gonzales was leading in the race for the Ward 2 seat on the Bakersfield City Council in early results. He shares his thoughts if elected.
Nonprofit CEO Andrae Gonzales extended his lead Wednesday in Bakersfield's contentious Ward 2 council race but incumbent Terry Maxwell wasn't ready to concede.
Congressional candidates Emilio Huerta and David Valadao watch polling at their respective election locations with family and friends on Tuesday, Nov. 8.
California State Assembly candidate and longtime McCarthy aid Vince Fong watch the polls with the U.S. Representative and House Majority Leader Tuesday, Nov. 8.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Donald Trump will enjoy Republican majorities in both chambers of Congress when he takes office in January and an early Capitol Hill honeymoon is likely on several issues, but a long-term romance may be more challenging.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama pledged on Wednesday to work for a smooth transition of power with president-elect Donald Trump, the Republican winner of Tuesday's election, who has promised to undo Obama's top domestic and foreign policy initiatives.